Lily is our niece who at the age of 6years through no fault of her own was going into the care system.
Me and my husband Sean put ourselves forward to care for her and have become her legal guardians.
Before Lily came to live with us she had witnessed and experienced some very traumatic and upsetting things that no child should of had to go through.
Lily was such a shy, timid little girl when she first come to us, she had only met me a couple of times before coming to live with me. The contact with her real parents became less and less, it has now been over 2 since since she has last heard from either of them. This breaks her heart.
Since the age of 6 when she first came to us I put her in a local dance group and she is still doing that 4 years on. She is dedicated, motivated and a natural dancer, confidence shines out of her, and in those moments she hasn't a care in the world other than dancing.
But dancing isn't the only thing Lily has a natural talent this brave little girl has got! She is so flexible and brilliant at gymnastics, she can get herself into positions we couldn't think were possible and she has taught herself how to do it all, she would really excel from getting some professional gymnastic sessions.
As it is well known that exercise is also good for your mental health, as Lily is getting older, experiencing changes in herself and becoming more aware of life she is started to question herself and wonder more about why her parents don't make contact with her, Never should she be in a place to doubt herself.
I would like to give Lily more opportunities to focus on her skills and abilities in gymnastics and look after her mental health at the same time. I have set up this page to ask family, friends and friends of friends help raise money to cover the cost of 2 years of gymnastic fees for Lily so she can really develop and shine like the brave star she is.
Thank you for taking the time to read a small portion of Lily's story and lets help her to 'Dream Big' and acheive to her fall potential after a very unsettled start to life.